Vitug Vlogs: Beauty contests and women's insecurities
MANILA, Philippines - Rappler's editor at large Marites Vitug comments on the culture of beauty and women's perceptions about their appearance. Here's her video blog.
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This is a summer of sizzling beauties.
We were recently wowed by Bb. Pilipinas winners. This month, one will be chosen Ms. Philippines-Earth.
Women who join beauty contests look confident, parading on stage in daring swimsuits, showing well-toned abs. They are proud of their faces and bodies.
But women, in general, are the opposite. They appear to be insecure about how they look.
We learn this from the latest Dove “Real Beauty” commercial.
In the viral video, a forensic sketch artist, with his back to his subjects, draws women based on their own descriptions.
Then he draws a second round of sketches of the same women, this time, based on how someone else described them.
The result? The women look more attractive in the second sketch. Their features are brighter.
David Brooks of the New York Times says this highlights a phenomenon: women tend to undervalue their appearance and be self-critical.
This Dove campaign is fascinating.
It reminds us that how women look should not be a source of anxiety. After all, others see women’s faces in a better light.
This is Marites Vitug for VitugVlogs.